PHOTOS: 100+ New Sharks, Rays Named in Australia

PHOTOS: 100+ New Sharks, Rays Named in Australia
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Sharks--such as the new Australian reticulate swell shark Cephaloscyllium hiscosellum--play an important role as top predators, experts say.

"Take [sharks and rays] away, and what does it mean for the rest of the ecosystem?" said William White of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO), which in September 2008 completed a project to catalog more than a hundred new shark and ray species.

"We can't understand possible implications unless we know what species we're dealing with."
—Photograph courtesy CSIRO
 
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